''Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to get through this thing called life...''
''Purple Rain'' is a 1984 movie starring {{Prince}}. He plays The Kid, lead singer for Minneapolis rock band The Revolution, and we see him navigate his relationship with the singer Apollonia, [[CallingTheOldManOut deal with family trouble]], and compete against [[OpposingSportsTeam rival band]] The Time.

The soundtrack went on to become a massive pop hit.

A sequel, ''Graffiti Bridge'', was released in 1990. [[FanonDiscontinuity Most fans like to pretend it never happened]].

!!This film provides examples of:

* AnguishedDeclarationOfLove: The song "The Beautiful Ones"
* AutobiographicalRole: At any rate, Prince is playing an AuthorAvatar in a film InspiredBy his own life story to that point.
* {{Camp}}
* [[invoked]]CreatorBreakdown: The Kid goes through a lot of this.
* CoolBike: The Kid tools around on a modded 400A Honda Automatic. As the page image indicates, it certainly fulfills the "cool" part.
* [[invoked]]TheDanza: Everyone except The Kid and his mother and father.
* ADateWithRosiePalms: The song "Darling Nikki".
* EasilyForgiven: The Kid is a jackass to his band and to his love interest throughout the movie. One awesome ballad later[[note]]It wasn't even his song: It was his father's lyrics with Wendy and Lisa's melody[[/note]], all is forgiven!
* TheEighties
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: The Kid. Explained (kinda-sorta), in that his father was said to be a talented local musician who was never able to crack the big time, and The Kid is viewed as headed down the same path.
* {{Expy}}: In 2014 Christopher Kirkley took the ''Purple Rain'' story and migrated it to the West African world. ''Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai'', [[note]]literally, "Rain The Color Of Blue With A Little Red In It" since there's no specific word for "purple" in the Tuareg language[[/note]] originating in Niger, is pretty much [[RecycledInSpace Purple Rain in the desert.]]
* FaceOnTheCover: Prince on a motorcycle, both on the album cover and film poster.
* FanService: Apollonia sure spends a lot of time underdressed, or in skin-tight leather, or tiny dresses....
* GrayRainOfDepression: The song "Purple Rain".
* JerkAss: The Kid. Let's see: he treats his band like crap, acts like an asshole to his love interest and generally prances around being an InsufferableGenius. Small wonder people prefer the soundtrack CD...
* JukeboxMusical
* KickTheDog: Morris's "How's the family?" after [[spoiler: The Kid's father tries to kill himself]].
** Even Morris felt remorseful moments after saying that.
* MomentKiller: [[spoiler:"I'm joining Morris' group."]]
* NonActorVehicle
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Prince's character is known as The Kid.
* SpringtimeForHitler: Meta-example. The Kid playing "Darling Nikki" is supposed to be a self-indulgent disaster that leaves the audience cold. Editing magic was needed because the extras were going crazy for it.
* TelevisionGeography: A cab ride from the Greyhound Station to the First Avenue nightclub comes to $37.75, when in reality they're across the street from each other. Particularly weird considering Prince, his band members and the director were Minneapolitans.
** Probably an inside joke.
* UsefulNotes/TwinCities
* WhosOnFirst: "The password is what?"
* YeahShot: The film ends with the Kid climbing atop a row of speakers and dramatically looking over his shoulder at the audience as the screen freezes.